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Holy freakin’ A! I love this movie! I love every minute of it! My most anticipated rom-com of this summer did not disappoint me at all. CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE rocks! It’s every bit as good as I expected it to be. Steve Carell is an expert when it comes to playing a good guy who can’t catch a break. Love seems to give him a hard time, put him in a tough spot, his character in this movie reminds me of his character in Dan In Real Life which is also one of my favorite rom-coms of the last decade. Ryan Gosling brings sexy back, Emma Stone lights up the screen, Julianne Moore still has that tremendous on screen presence, and the hilarious tension/unrequited chemistry between the kid and the babysitter played by the luminous skater/model Analeigh Tipton is all too adorable to ignore..
At fortysomething, straight-laced Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) is living the dream–good job, nice house, great kids and marriage to his high school sweetheart. But when Cal learns that his wife, Emily (Julianne Moore), has cheated on him and wants a divorce, his “perfect” life quickly unravels. Worse, in today’s single world, Cal, who hasn’t dated in decades, stands out as the epitome of un-smooth. Now spending his free evenings sulking alone at a local bar, the hapless Cal is taken on as wingman and protege to handsome, thirtysomething player Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling). In an effort to help Cal get over his wife and start living his life, Jacob opens Cal’s eyes to the many options before him: flirty women, manly drinks and a sense of style that can’t be found at Supercuts or The Gap. Cal and Emily aren’t the only ones looking for love in what might be all the wrong places: Cal’s 13-year-old son, Robbie, is crazy about his 17-year-old babysitter, Jessica, who harbors a crush on Cal. And despite Cal’s makeover and his many new conquests, the one thing that can’t be made over is his heart, which seems to keep leading him back to where he began.
I’m a sucker for good rom-coms, sadly there aren’t many good rom-coms out there, which makes you miss the good old days of Pretty Woman and When Harry Met Sally but once in a while, a winner like CRAZY STUPID LOVE comes along and restores my faith. Dan Fogelman’s script follows the usual rules but packs a few punches that would get you coming back for more. It’s love complicated that gets even more complicated when certain revelations eventually present themselves. It’s also a story that makes fun of the ritual and the hilarity of the dating and pick up game that most men would love to master.
Just as the title suggests, what Fogelman tries to explore is the craziness, the stupidity and whatever it is about love that just drives a person insane and makes them do things they wouldn’t normally do.
The comedy of CRAZY STUPID LOVE is irresistible. If Carell’s comments don’t get you, if Gosling’s sauna scene doesn’t get you, then the psycho Marisa Tomei would get you. Either way, you will laugh your ass off.
Gosling’s character thinks he’s got it all figured out, he thinks love is something that’s easily tackled with a few charms, that is until he encounters real love that comes with open communication. Gosling plays this role perfectly, to the point where he’s going to make male audiences jealous ’cause he’s got so much game, from clothing style to conversation skills.
Carell’s character thinks life is all well, his marriage is all well until his wife drops the divorce and unfaithfulness bomb. Convinced by Gosling’s character that he’s lost his manhood, he transforms himself into someone he’s not just so he could win his wife back when in fact all he and his wife need all along is just to remember why they fall in love in the first place.
Emma Stone is just absolutely radiant, I’ve met her in person and there’s something about that woman that just floors me, her expressions and her many reactions, you would not be able to keep her eyes off of her character. She represents this spontaneous energy trapped in a relationship that doesn’t care much about her until she sees it for herself and then finally breaks free but what I enjoy the most about her character is that she’s not easy, she can tame even the wildest smoothest player like Gosling.
The uncomfortably hilarious little story about the kid and the babysitter is just as integral as the rest of the interactions in this film. It contributes to the whole fighting for your soulmate theme.
I can’t say enough to praise CRAZY STUPID LOVE. Don’t be crazy or stupid, go watch this film.
10 out of 10 Sandwiches
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